January 2017

Welcome
 
Holmes and I had talked about going out riding together for years and finally got around to it in the dying embers of summer. Well, actually, the sun might have been out but it was freezing cold and the roads were covered in goo. Which led me to think that, while it was great being out on the Tiger, the Matchless I have in my shed would be much better suited to plonking around the lanes. So the race is on to get it on the road, and as soon as I’ve finished writing this I’m off to pick up the replacement petrol tank. I’ve also been inspired by the Classic Bike of the Year finalists in this issue – guys who have spent many hours of shed time on the best restorations of the year. I’m sure you’ll cast your vote to decide the winner. But this bumper 164-page issue of Classic Bike is not just about celebrating our annual CBOTY competition, we’ve also added an extra 32 pages to celebrate an amazing year in classic bikes.

Enjoy the issue

Gary Pinchin
Editor

Inside this issue...

YOUR CLASSICS

Special edition: Cuba by Honda CL450...‘it’s hectic, but everyone drives with caution’.


CLASSIC BIKE OF THE YEAR

Moto Guzzi V75: A good memory and a hoard of old magazines put Reuben Fowles on track to build a very special Guzzi...


CLASSIC BIKE YEAR IN PICTURES

He had it all - the talent, the glamour, the other half with glamorous talent... Every bloke wanted to be Bazza in '76.